Welcome to Present Minds, an organisation dedicated to mental and emotional wellbeing and run by Dr Alison Armstrong

Alison offers research, training and retreats for individuals, organisations, and communities. She works on the basis that there is a deep, unequivocal connection between individual, organisation, social and ecological wellbeing.

All that is offered is based on the underlying values of Integrity, Kindness and Compassion, Resilience and Sustainability, Effectiveness and Efficiency.

Alison has a wide range of professional experiences. She began her career as an engineer in the space industry, having done a maths undergraduate degree. Later in her engineering career, she specialised in fluid systems analysis for the aerospace industry. She has a master’s degree in Sustainable Development, and a PhD in Social and Environmental Psychology. She is a qualified yoga teacher, trained in mindfulness with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, and trained in compassion meditation with Frits Koster and Erik van den Brink. She is a Mental Health First Aid trainer.

Present Minds was formed in 2012 and became a limited company in 2017. It is run by Alison, with support from others who offer their specialist skills.

Mental Health Training

If you wish to help your staff increase their mental health literacy, and improve their management and responses to mental health difficulties, Alison can offer appropriate training.

Given Alison’s background as an engineer, she specialises in offering mental health training to engineering, science and construction companies, but has also delivered training in media, financial services, banking, and IT companies.

Bespoke training can be arranged, such as webinars, seminars, and talks. Please get in touch with your requirements.

Currently, most training is offered on-line. Face-to-face training can be arranged, with due consideration of health and risk management.

Mental Health First Aid for Adults

2-day training

Mental Health Champion for Adults

1-day training

Mental Health Awareness for Line Managers

1-day training

Mental Health Aware for Adults

half-day training

Mental Health Refresher for Adults

half-day training


The current research project is on Coping and Resilience. To find out more, click here.

Alison’s previous research areas have included: mindfulness, addiction, wellbeing (in particular, wellbeing in older age), and sustainability.

Meditation, Yoga, and Compassion Training

Alison has offered yoga, meditation and compassion training for individuals, both privately and in companies for over 20 years. Alison has trained to offer Yoga, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living. She can bring her experience to offer bespoke courses to meet the needs of individuals and organisations, and is delighted when there is a request to include spirituality into training.

Please complete the form below to ask to be added to the mailing list. Through this you will hear about new dates and formats being offered.

All Alison’s guided meditations are freely available directly from her. Contact her to find out more.


To ask Alison about any of the services she offers, please complete the form. Unless she is on retreat or holiday, she aims to answer within 24 hours. If you haven’t heard from Alison, please check your spam folder, or re-contact her via this form and give a mobile number.

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